Sunday, 11 September 2011

Great Kindle Deals Newsletter - Sunday, 11 September 2011

Hi everyone! Sorry for the hiatus between posts but it has just been a nightmare getting everything lined up for the rest of the year and real life took over for a couple of weeks. To make up for it, there's lots of news, a feature, some great free books and lots of cheap books too.

1. Christmas Amazon Tablet - CNET UK is reporting that a 7-inch Amazon Tablet will be released before Christmas, by the end of November, and will be retailing at around £149. The tablet will run android and will incorporate perfectly with Amazon's MP3 store, their Android app store and in the US with their video store too.

2. Techcrunch has touched the Amazon tablet - High-profile blog techcrunch claims to have touched the tablet so it is very much real, also reporting the same specs that many others had spoken of, see those above.

3. Waterstones to launch its own e-reader -  The BBC reports:"Waterstone's is to launch a digital e-reader to rival Amazon's Kindle next year.
The company's managing director, James Daunt, told Radio 4's You and Yours that he had been inspired by Barnes & Noble's successful Nook device.
The US bookseller is one of the few high street retailers to have challenged Amazon's growing dominance in both physical and electronic sales."

Feature - New kindle on the way:
It is clear that a new kindle will be coming very very soon. There's been rumours for a few months but these now seem to be coming closer and closer to fruition. Lately, Amazon has offered refurbished kindles at almost half price meaning that all the refurbished stock have been sold and they are most likely just depleting their existing stock before releasing a new version

For a logical point of view, Amazon will want to keep a black and white e-reader as well as introducing a new one (As the rumour goes). This may mean that Amazon will have to make a loss on both - maybe selling the B+W 3G version (With ads) at around £69 and the new colour tablet/kindle at around £149-£199 to be competitive against the iPad.

We're now going into back to school season and I imagine this is the perfect opportunity to deplete the remaining stock and we'll be seeing a new round of Kindles and that Amazon tablet soon, definitely in time for Christmas.

Free books:

1. Mama Does Time: A Mace Bauer Mystery 
Rated 4 stars average from 4 reviews
Synopsis: "Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-colored pantsuits, and four prior husbands, able to serve sweet tea and sidestep alligator attacks with equal aplomb. Mama's antics — especially her penchant for finding trouble — drive her daughters Mace, Maddie, and Marty to distraction.
One night, while settling in to look for ex-beaus on COPS, Mace gets a frantic call from her mother. This time, the trouble is real: Mama found a body in the trunk of her turquoise convertible and the police think she's the killer. It doesn't help that the handsome detective assigned to the case seems determined to prove Mama's guilt or that the cowboy who broke Mace's heart shows up at the local Booze ‘n' Breeze in the midst of the investigation. Before their mama lands in prison — just like an embarrassing lyric from a country-western song — Mace and her sisters must find the real culprit."

Rated 4 stars average from 10 reviews
Synopsis: "Dermott Madison has lost everything. His wife, his daughter, his cherished home and most of his face. One man is responsible; Abdul Hamid. When his Old Bailey trial collapses, due to a technicality, Madison takes matters into his own hands.
His manner of revenge comes to him in a dream; but how can you track down someone's nearest and dearest? You log in, look closely and let the devastation begin.
Madison takes you on his journey from being a middle-class banker to a serial killer, through his own eyes. You will feel his emotions, the hatred and rage, pain and guilt, culminating in his descent into madness itself."

Cheap books:

1. White Lies and Custard Creams - A Romantic Comedy - 97p
Rated 4.5 stars average from 19 reviews
Synopsis: "All Liz Houston wants is to keep her head above the financial white waters of her life. Somehow, though, other people, including ex-husband Hugh, repeatedly get in the way. Hugh just wants a quiet life and to be there for the people he cares about. Caring for Liz does not lead to a quiet life.Moocher, Liz's Border Collie, wants to be where all the crumbs are, he wants to keep all his paws, but most of all he wants to keep Liz company as she rides the rapids of her life.

Add in odd-shoe-wearing lodger Simon, Git-next-door, a lost brother, an illicit fortune stashed away decades ago, a trio of part-time thugs, kidnappings, a tree-climbing tortoise and a dog-flap with a story of its own, and it becomes apparent that a few white lies (and custard creams) between friends are the least of Liz's problems."

2. Pets in a Pickle - 99p
Rated 4.5 stars average from 25 reviews
Synopsis: "Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to life a wealth of colourful characters - including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye - and an ark's worth of marvellous animals. As enchanting as it is funny, this wonderful story will delight any animal fan. When Paul Mitchell arrives for his first day's work at Prospect House Veterinary Hospital, he never expects this...Oh his very first day, he is bitten by a feisty hamster...but this is a mere prelude to a cavalcade of hilarious - and often painful - encounters with fish, flesh and fowl. From stalking a feral cat to rescuing a cow stuck in a gravel pit, life is never short of animal adventures for the newly qualified vet. On top of treating all manner of creatures at the practice, Paul and his girlfriend Lucy, also nurse a host of waifs and strays back to health at their home. Besides six budgerigars, two love birds, a hoard of guinea pigs and three tabby cats, their menagerie includes Gertie the Goose, whose talent for house security saves her from the Christmas Day table, and Nelson, their lovable - and stone deaf - Jack Russell."

Rated 4.5 stars average from 610 reviews
Synopsis: "The first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage.Soon to be a major HBO series starring Sean Bean and a stellar cast.The first volume of George R R Martin’s glorious high fantasy tells the tragic story of treachery, greed and war that threatens the unity of the Seven Kingdoms south of the Wall. Martin unfolds with astonishing skill a tale of truly epic dimensions, thronged with memorable characters, a story of treachery and ambition, love and magic. Set in a fabulous world scarred by battle and catastrophe over 8000 years of recorded history, it tells of the deeds of men and women locked in the deadliest of conflicts and the terrible legacy they will leave their children. In the game of thrones, you win or you die.And in the bitter-cold, unliving lands beyond the Wall, a terrible winter gathers and the others — the undead, the neverborn, wildlings to whom the threat of the sword is nothing — make ready to descend on the realms of men."


That's it for this week, I'll see you next week for some more great kindle deals and hopefully more news about the tablet/new kindle. See you then!

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